Leszek Kolakowski's scientific contributions

Publications (3)

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For over a century, philosophers have argued that philosophy is impossible or useless, or both. Although the basic notion dates back to the days of Socrates, there is still heated disagreement about the nature of truth, reality, knowledge, the good, and God. This may make little practical difference to our lives, but it leaves us with a feeling of...
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Leszek Kolakowski delves into some of the most intellectually vigorous questions of our time in this remarkable collection of essays garnished with his characteristic wit. Ten of the essays have never appeared before in English. "Exemplary. . . . It should be celebrated." —Arthur C. Danto, New York Times Book Review "This book . . . express[es] K...

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... What do you think? These are times when philosophy and religion 1 have lost some of their appeal in explaining the universe and experts want to look "scientific", since science is frequently considered the bearer of truth and no consideration is given to its limitations. 2 The authors suspect that, in this era, few of the readers who are psychiatrists and almost none of those who are pharmacologists have "the guts" to acknowledge that there is a lot of art in psychopharmacology. ...
... However, a spectrum of conceptions of the notion of equity can be found in the education literature, linked largely to interpretations of liberty and equality of opportunity. While it is perfectly possible, as Kolakowski has noted, to conceive of a society where there is simultaneously too little equality and too little freedom -'we can suffer numerous evils simultaneously and comprehensively' (Kolakowski, 1997), a society where there is, simultaneously, a limitless amount of both is not readily conceivable; since some curtailments in freedom may be needed to provide for equality of opportunity. How one balances liberty and equality, is a matter of justice, which, Adler (1981) argues, is 'sovereign' over liberty and equality. ...